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Said is Dead

The receiver in hand, “hello?” Her body tensed up as an unusual silence hung in the air. The passage dark, the kids fast asleep in their cozy beds while the storm continued outside.

Suddenly, without warning, she crumbled to the floor, the wall against her back, still clinging to the cordless phone. “No, no, you must have the wrong number!” came her whispered scream into the receiver.

Pulling her legs up, she dropped the phone, oblivious to the voice that echoed in the eerie hallway. “Mrs. Rubain, are you there? Can you hear me?” Then the beep as the line was cut and all that remained was the guttural sounds of her cries.

Covering her mouth with both hands, shaking as she stared at the sliver of light that peeked through the children’s bedroom door. Pushing her back against the cold wall, as if to become one with mortar and brick, she let out a freakish shrill that shook the entire building as her eyes opened wide with shock. “Nooooo, Noooo!”

Seconds later the kids came storming from their bedroom, eyes wide with fear as they jumped on top of her, throwing their arms around her neck and waist, “Mommy, mommy, what’s wrong. You scaring us!?” Came the words as they hysterically began to cry. Only 9 and 7 years old, the apples of his eye.

An impeding reality, clung to the darkness as she wondered how to tell her children. Her tears soaking their hair, holding onto both kids, gulping in big breaths of air, as if she’s been underwater for too long.

“Daddy’s dead” she said, clinging onto both kids as they lay crying on the cold passage floor . . .

Said Rubain’s body was found two meters from his vehicle. He was on his way home from his company’s end of year dinner. Three beers and a few whiskey’s later, he believed himself sober enough to drive. What he failed to consider was that many other road users were thinking the exact same thing – both driver’s involved in the head-on collision died at the scene of the accident, both behind the wheel while under the influence.

Arrive Alive, Don’t Drink and Drive!


“Said is Dead”, is this week’s title of a tandem blog, 3 bloggers 1 title. All published on the same day at the same time. Read my fellow tandem blogger’s interpretation by following the below links. Comments are welcome!

Celeste: Surviving Jonkersville

Shelley: The Deal Is


7 comments on “Said is Dead

  1. Surviving Jonkersville
    November 26, 2015

    Wow Chev you have managed to captivate me from beginning to the end as usual. Absolutely amazing piece.

    Sadly it’s that time of year when the road accident numbers will be on the rise yet many people still think it’s ok to drink and drive… Thank you for writing this piece and I do hope that people will read and not only take note of your brilliance 😉 but also the message in it.


  2. the_deal_is
    November 26, 2015

    Really really really so very very very good! A grwat reminder to us all about the consequences of drunk-driving. Well written, Chevone


    • ChevsLife
      November 26, 2015

      Thank you Shelley, I honestly had no clue how “Said is Dead” was going to evolve/end when I started typing. Grateful that it transformed into a meaningful message.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Dave
    November 26, 2015

    I couldn’t read read this the first time. It took me a while. That phone call – that scene – it’s one I have lived through.
    Well played on this theme. Well played. With an incredible message to share.


    • ChevsLife
      November 26, 2015

      Dave, I’m so sorry that you’ve experienced such devastating loss. Sending you a very big hug! xoxo

      Liked by 1 person

      • Dave
        November 27, 2015

        Thanks Chevonne – this piece of yours is such an important one. It’s not just a message of the importance of not drinking and driving – it gives a deep insight into the acute pain and devastation the loss of a loved one through the often inevitable result.

        Liked by 1 person

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